I recently was admitted with a retracted stoma - so far in that I couldn't see any red tissue, just a tiny dark hole. I'd been constipated due to chemo antisickness drugs (I was constipated when I started chemo and discovered a rectovaginal fistula which is why I now have the transverse colostomy to stop leaking there). Still have issues with leaking mucous and blood - which as another topic would love to hear from success stories on such fistula repair. I cannot have a bowel resection or my redundant colon removed because of my terminal cancer state - recovery time would prevent chemo and that's all that's keeping me alive at the moment stopping the tumours growing.
The colon joined itself up again and I spent a week sitting in my own faeces, cleaning myself up hourly day and night in hospital with bleeding sore skin. The most humiliating uncontrollable situation. Utterly miserable. With a convex bag the stoma showed itself again and now has this bizarre habit of prolapsing and growing to the size of a satsuma or becoming flat and flush and only an inch in diameter - but so far no retraction.
Anyway - the actual point of my post.....
The bags I'm using now are Pelican Select Convex. They have an incredible instant seal! The flange is SO soft and comfortable on my skin it's unbelievable. Even if the outer seal lifts a little with movement, the convex part doesn't shift and I need adhesive remover spray to get it off. Because it changes in size so much I have to cut the hole a little bigger than the stoma at its smallest but skin barrier wipes have so far protected my skin and not a single leak. I'm on permanent laxatives so my output is only a bit thicker than with an ileostomy.
If you are able to get samples of these, I'd suggest you do, I was quite happy with the bags I had, and worried that a convex wouldn't suit me but I really barely notice it unless it's filling up and a bit heavy. There are different levels of convexity and mine isn't the deepest.
The only problems I really have now is if I need to change it when it's enlarged. I can't get the bag off and I can't get another one on so I try and get in there when it's small, safe in the knowledge that the barrier wipes have worked so far.